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Life after childbirth is crazy. You’re not sleeping, your body has undergone significant changes once again, your world has turned upside down, and—if you are one of the unlucky ones like me—you have developed postpartum depression. Dancing might not be the first thing on your mind at this point. But once you are thinking about it, there are things to consider.

One of my biggest struggles with returning to dancing was how people would perceive me.

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There are differing opinions on whether or not you should belly dance while pregnant. Some people think it can induce premature labor, others don’t think a pregnant woman should show off her bare, growing bump (while dancing or otherwise). Fellow dancers will more than likely embrace the idea that you should continue to dance, but caution you to know your audience when performing (this is not bad advice; community shows should be okay, but paying gigs might be a different story).
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